Friday, October 14, 2011

ABC Picks-Up Full Seasons of Suburgatory & Revenge; Sitcom Stars On Talk Shows (Week of October 17, 2011)

As we predicted they would after Wednesday's airings, ABC has picked-up freshman comedy Suburgatory (Wednesdays at 8:30pm) and new primetime soap Revenge (Wednesdays at 10pm) to full seasons! As of now, ABC has ordered the "back nine," which means both series will have at least 22 episodes this season instead of the original order of 13. Suburgatory has aired three times thus far and has remained steady and a big improvement for ABC over last season's Better with You. The series has averaged a very solid 3.2 18-49 rating. The same goes true for new drama Revenge, which has been a big improvement for ABC in this timeslot and has had the best ratings since 2007 (Dirty Sexy Money). The series won its timeslot last night in 18-49 and saw a 17% increase over the previous week and has averaged a solid 2.8 18-49 rating in the tough 10pm hour. Both series have plenty of buzz and support, so these could be around well past this season.
ABC is likely going to pick-up the Tim Allen comedy Last Man Standing for a full season once they see the ratings for week two. The series delivered a 3.6 (3.5 in the first airing and a 3.7 in the second) in 18-49 for its two-episode premiere on Tuesday night, the best premiere for an 8pm comedy in 18-49 since 2006 (CBS' The Class) and total viewers since 2004 (NBC's Joey)! ABC will also take a look at Pan Am on Sunday, as that has a chance of a pick-up but it isn't a lock since ratings haven't been stable yet. The ratings for Charlie's Angels from last night, which was a remake of the classic episode from the original series "Angels in Chains," could make (meaning buying it another week) or break (meaning pulling it effective next week) the series (at the time of this writing, ratings are not known). ABC still has two new series premiering this fall: new comedy Man Up! next Tuesday after Last Man Standing and new drama from the writer of Lost, titled Once Upon a Time, which could be a sleeper hit.
One final note, we end this story on a happy note, ABC has ordered six additional scripts for second season comedy Happy Endings! As Penny would say, "ah-mazzing!" The series aired 13 episodes last spring and buzz began and has continued this fall with a bigger platform, airing after the megahit Modern Family. For the second time in three weeks, the series hit a series high this past Wednesday night. Hopefully the additional scripts turns into episodes and then eventually a full season (as of now the series has an order of 13 episodes). "Yeah buoy!" Stay with us for further updates!


It's Friday, so it is time for "Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows" for the coming week. This is where we list what sitcom stars are appearing on talk shows for the coming week, the stars are both current and past sitcom stars, so this is for all sitcom fans of all eras!
For the week of October 17-21, 2011, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! All times listed are Eastern. So get your DVR's (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!

Monday, October 17, 2011
  • Michael J. Fox (Family Ties/Spin City) - Watch Michael on a repeat of The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones - The cast of Two and a Half Men present a Top Ten List on a repeat of The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen) - Ellen visits The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt (3rd Rock From the Sun) - Joseph is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
  • Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) - The adorkable Zooey appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Hilary Duff (Lizzie McGuire) - Hilary stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check listings.
  • Billy Gardell (Mike and Molly) - Tune in to see Billy on The Gayle King Show at 10am ET on OWN and on The Joy Behar Show at 10pm ET on HLN.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
  • Charlie Sheen (Two and a Half Men/Spin City) - Catch Charlie on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Patricia Heaton (The Middle/Everybody Loves Rayond) - Patricia stops by ABC's Good Morning America between 7-9am ET and later chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Fran Drescher (Happily Divorced/The Nanny) - Fran is a guest on The Rosie Show on OWN at 7pm ET.
  • Cheryl Hines (Suburgatory/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Cheryl visits The Rosie Show on OWN at 7pm ET.
  • Caroline Rhea (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch) - Caroline appears on The Gayle King Show at 10am on OWN.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
  • Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) - Watch Aubrey on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Julie Bowen (Modern Family) - The lovely Ms. Bowen is a guest on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12am on ABC.
  • Elisha Cuthbert (Happy Endings) - Tune in to see Elisha on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12am on ABC.
  • Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) - The young and talented Sarah chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Patricia Heaton (The Middle/Everybody Loves Raymond) - Patricia visits The Chew on ABC at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
  • Maya Rudolph (Up All Night) - Catch Maya on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family/The Class) - Jesse is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Steve Harvey (The Steve Harvey Show) - Steve appears The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check listings and later he will be on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Kelsey Grammer (Frasier/Cheers) - Kelsey drops by ABC's Good Morning America between 7-9am ET and then visits LIVE! with Regis & Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) - Sarah continues to make the rounds on Good Morning America on ABC between 7-9am ET.
Friday, October 21, 2011
  • Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development/The Larry Sanders Show/The Ropers) - Watch Jeffrey on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Whitney Cummings (Whitney) - Whitney appears on a repeat of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC
  • Billy Gardell (Mike and Molly) - Billy is a guest on Tavis Smiley on PBS, but check listings for time.
  • Steve Harvey (The Steve Harvey Show) - Steve stops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
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New on DVD/Blu-ray (June/July/August)

Father Knows Best - Season Six Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season Alice - The Complete Fifth Season Rhoda - Season Four Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four

06/13 - The Andy Griffith Show - Return to Mayberry
06/13 - That's My Mama - The Complete Series
06/20 - Workaholics - The Final (Seventh) Season
06/20 - Workaholics - The Complete Series
06/27 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Third Season
07/04 - Superstore - Season Two
07/18 - Father Knows Best - Season Six
07/25 - Diff'ernt Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season
07/25 - Girls - The Final (Sixth) Season (Blu-ray)
08/01 - Alice - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
08/01 - Crashing - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
08/15 - Rhoda - Season Four
08/22 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four
08/29 - Will & Grace - Season One (Universal)
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, August 24

The Big Bang Theory - "The Separation Agitation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Howard and Bernadette have a hard time leaving Halley in day care when Bernadette returns to work. Also, Bert (Brian Posehn) introduces the gang to his new girlfriend, Rebecca (April Bowlby).

Kevin Can Wait - "Quiet Diet" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Donna says she’ll send Kevin to the Mets Fantasy Camp if he lowers his cholesterol, Chale secretly coaches Kevin through a juice cleanse.

Great News - "The Red Door" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Carol (Andrea Martin) is excited when Chuck (John Michael Higgins) asks her to wait for the cable guy at his townhouse, until Chuck gives an ominous warning that tests her curiosity. Meanwhile, Portia's (Nicole Richie) phone gets hacked and Katie (Briga Heelan) struggles not to read her private emails.

The Guest Book - "Story Six" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Federal agent Trina books the mountain cabin to protect valuable witness Blake, but Blake has his own ideas on how to escape the people who are after him.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of August 21)

Thursday, August 24

  • Jim Gaffigan (The Jim Gaffigan Show/My Boys/Welcome to New York) - Catch Jim on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Laura Linney (The Big C) - Laura appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Lamorne Morris (New Girl) - Lamorne is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Jane Lynch (Angel from Hell) - Jane stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Timothy Simons (Veep) - Timothy visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Will Arnett (Arrested Development/The Millers/Up All Night/Running Wilde) - Will drops by LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Kristen Bell (The Good Place) - Kristen appears on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Tig Notaro (One Mississippi) - Tig is a guest on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Kevin James (Kevin Can Wait/The King of Queens) - Kevin appears on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Miriam Shorr and Peter Hermann (Younger) - Miriam and Peter are guests on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • John Corbett (Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll/United States of Tara/Lucky) - John talks about All Saints on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.